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Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego, Waldo Niall Mor?

May 24, 2010

You may have noticed, dear readers, (all three of you) that I have been away from this blog for several weeks. There are good reasons for this, namely:

  1. Technical reasons. As you may remember from previous posts, recently I’ve been beset with technical problems: a logic board failure, a failure of my wireless keyboard and mouse, and an infestation of viruses and spyware, despite having what I thought was good anti-virus and security software. It took several days to find satisfactory replacement software, get it installed correctly, and get the computer more or less debugged and working properly.
  2. Church-related reasons. As you may also recall, I’m president of my parish’s praesidium (local chapter) of The Legion of Mary. Now is the time of year when our praesidium had to make its annual report to the Curia (the next level up in the Legion’s organization) about everything we’ve been up to during the past year. Organization and record keeping, however, aren’t my strong suits, so what should have been a fairly simple task turned into a mad scramble for information. Imagine doing all this whilst and at the same time trying to participate in a novena to Our Lady of Fatima called for by the pastor who really wanted—you guessed it—The Legion of Mary to be present each night of the novena. The climax of the celebration was the dedication of the parish’s new Rosary and Meditation Garden and statue of Our Lady of Fatima, with a special Mass celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of The Diocese of Charleston, SC. It was a BIG DEAL. 
  3. Medical reasons.  About a week ago, I began bleeding from my backside, a part of the anatomy from which no one should ever bleed. Because this wasn’t the first time this had happened, my doctor became concerned and ordered me into the hospital for a colonoscopy. After two days on a clear liquid diet, several rounds of laxatives, two enemas, and much poking and prodding in places humans were not meant to be poked and prodded, it was determined that the problem was a simple case of hemorrhoids. Even though all of this was unexpected and immensely inconvenient, I don’t regret it for a minute. Finding out you don’t have colon cancer brightens your day immeasurably.  Deo gratias!

So. How are you?

    Mass Appeal

    August 2, 2009

    I went to Mass today for the first time in several weeks after a long illness. I’m still not fully recovered, but I consider the fact that I felt well enough to go to church an encouraging sign. More news as it becomes available and events warrant. That is all.

    Still Struggling

    July 31, 2009

    Man, this is getting tedious. Sorry about the blog fade for the past couple of weeks, but I’m still having medical problems that are embarrassing, messy, and painful in a certain (ahem) sensitive region of the male anatomy. This all started with a pair of infections, back to back, and even after two rounds of antibiotics, I still don’t feel particularly good. In fact it feels as though the infection is trying to make a comeback. I’m planning to see my doctor on Monday, and we’ll discuss where to go from here.

    On the bright side, I did get to visit my family in North Carolina for birthday number (mumble, mumble) and I treated myself to the DVD of The Incredibles with a the Wal-Mart Gift Card my sister gave me. The Incredibles is rapidly becoming one of my favorite movies. Writer and director Brad Bird combines a smart script and stellar computer-generated animation to serve up a spankin’ comedy action/adventure/superhero movie, even as he gently pokes fun at the action/adventure/superhero movie—and, as if that weren’t enough, his turn as the voice of Edna Mode, costume designer to the supers, is almost worth the price of admission by itself:

    I think the secret to the Pixar gang’s success is that for all their mind-blowing technical skill with computer animation, they never forget that the real essentials of any story are character and plot.They rarely fail to give us interesting characters and to make the journey on which those characters embark interesting as well. Unfortunately I missed the latest Pixar vehicle, Up, during its theatrical run, but in light of all the enthusiastic reviews I read, it’s definitely slated for rental the minute it comes out on DVD.

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    July 13, 2009


    I’m still struggling with medical issues. My sister came for a visit this weekend and brought some much needed TLC, some yummy home cooked meals, and her very sweet dog for company, but the weekend was still pretty rough. I found out I do have an infection and have started on another round of antibiotics. I’m also going to see my doctor later this afternoon. Your prayers, dear readers, would still be very much appreciated.